Can you say, “DVDs?” That’s right. You can’t buy a Mac with a SuperDrive to play DVDs or CDs anymore. What used to be common on every Mac, is now extra cost, a mostly bolted on option. What if you want to play a DVD? Extra cost. What app would you use? As it turns out, Apple leaves a little legacy on your Mac, and there’s another app that makes it even better.
iDVD Because iForgot
My day job has me slaving over a hot keyboard; sometimes a Mac, sometimes a Windows PC, and all too often recently, a flimsy, plastic Chromebook designed to help school budgets and thwarting students who love to muck up computer classrooms. But I digress. Every now and again a teacher, occasionally a student, and often a staff member will want a Mac to play a DVD. Sometimes it’s just to view the DVD, other times it’s to gather screen shots from the movie or video on the DVD.
How do you do that? First, most Macs do not even have a SuperDrive, so that has to be connected. Fortunately Apple left everyone the DVD Player app, but no easy way to gather a screenshot or freeze frame. For that you need DVD Snap, a nifty Mac utility which brings us back to yesteryear. Drop in a DVD movie, select the frame to capture, let the app do the deed.
If the DVD or movie runs in Apple’s DVD Player (still available after all these years, even in macOS Sierra) then you can capture a freeze frame photo. Not only that, DVD Snap also captures a single image or a series of timed freeze frame images; and you set the interval timing.
It’s not just DVD screenshots, either. DVD Snap creates a whole freeze frame library of screenshots, and that makes it easy to put them into a video editor, drop them in a collage, or share with others. DVD Snap doesn’t care much about the video’s file format, either. Whatever runs in DVD Play gets captured at the original movie resolution whether it’s NTSC, HD, or PAL.
Captured DVD movie images can be saved and exported in a variety of static image file formats from JPG to PNG to TIFF and even PDF.
There is nothing to not like about DVD Snap. It’s priced right. It provides options for labels and file formats, and works on macOS Yosemite, El Capitan, and Sierra. The only issue is the need for a connected DVD player or SuperDrive if you have a newer Mac.